You’re probably familiar with your school’s extracurricular clubs and activities, but did you know that there are summer programs across the country (and near you) created specifically for students who are interested in exploring or pursuing transportation careers?
Check out these videos featuring the Federal Highway Administration’s Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG), the University of Memphis’s Girls Experiencing Engineering (GEE), and North Carolina A&T’s Summer Transportation Institute. These are just three of dozens of programs located at schools and college campuses across the nation that offer real world job experience, career guidance, and even scholarship opportunities and course credit for middle and high school students who want to get a head start on their career journey…or for those just looking to have some fun over the summer.
Why wait for college to explore your options, when as early as middle school you can connect with a program that could give you a big head start on honing your interests, learning valuable trade skills, and networking with real-world professionals who can help guide you down the path to success? Many of these programs are low- to no-cost—but they could all have a big payoff in the long run. And the best part? They’re a blast, and they get you away from the TV and into a group atmosphere surrounded by people who share your similar interests. They’re even a great way to explore different university campuses and college programs in your region.
To learn more about any of the programs or organizations featured in the videos below, or to find a similar program near you, head to the web. Not finding a program in your area? Consider contacting your school or a program administrator to learn about the possibility of forming a chapter in your city.
Remember—it’s never too early to start planning your career in transportation. Get out there and get involved!